Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
Everything the PTO does focuses on the AAS community and all PTO funds
are used to enrich our school and the lives of our children.
As a parent, you are automatically a member of the AAS PTO. In fact, all parents as well as all teachers are members of the AAS PTO and are encouraged to participate in our activities. We are an independent organization and are not affiliated with any outside groups.
Throughout the year, we organize visiting artists, book fairs, craft fairs, community outreach, and fun activities for parents, families, and students.
We also run the PTO Store where you can find PE uniforms and many spirit items, and The Exchange where you can donate, exchange, or buy used books and gently used uniform items.
- Monthly Coffees
- Executive Committee & Coordinators
- PTO Volunteering at AAS
- Charitable Fundraising Matching Fund
- Enhancement Grant Program
- Visiting Artist Program
- Budget & Bylaws
The PTO holds monthly coffees. They are a great source of information and community contacts. Some of the topics typically covered during monthly coffees are:
- Director and school leadership updates,
- Student learning stories and,
- Community news and presentations.
We hope that by learning more about the PTO you are inspired to become an active PTO member. If you would like to become more involved by volunteering on a regular basis or even just for an hour a week or for a single event, we would love to have your help. We could not do it all without the help of our volunteers.
- Our monthly coffees generally take place on the third Tuesday of each month.
- The meetings are usually held at 8:45 in the South Cafeteria, and finish by 10:00.
- There is no need to sign up - please just show up to find out what the PTO is doing and how you can get involved.
2018/19 Executive Committee
|2018/19 Non-Executive Members|
|Director of Learning||Melissa Schaub|
|Director of Communications||Vitali Verkhovski|
|Event / Program||2018/19 Coordinators|
|Artisan Fair||Valeria Makarova|
|Enhancement Grants||Irina Elizarov|
|The Exchange||Irina Elizarov|
|PTO Shop||Pauline Archer|
|Fall Social (Quiz Night)||Michaela Rezkova, Kristina Tadic, Laura Hilditch|
|Family BBQ||Virginia Hague|
|New Book Fair||Oxana Tolstoy, Nera Wijasena, Mariam|
|International Fair||Alison Abovsky, Kim, Marjo Vaessen|
|Winter Social||Tiiu Pedaja|
|Spring Social||Clare Lewis & Linda Corallo|
|Faculty / Staff Appreciation||Angelina Quintero|
|Used Book Fair||Susan Riehl|
|Visiting Artists||Dawn Biyashev|
|Craft Fair||Olga Titova & Susanne Hansson|
|Signup Genius||Susan Riehl|
The PTO supports the excellent work that our students do to "contribute as globally-aware citizens" by supporting various local and international charities.
We have created a 1:1 matching fund to support the charitable fundraising done by any student group to benefit one of the many charities supported by our AAS community.
The PTO Enhancement Grant Program is an important way the PTO contributes to the AAS Community. Each year we have fall and spring Enhancement Grant application rounds. Any community member (student, teacher, parent, or staff) is invited to submit ideas for projects that will enhance the learning experience at AAS. Enhancement Grants can fund innovations or existing programs, purchase equipment for classrooms or activities, or sponsor visits by expert guests who bring a new dimension to learning.
To be eligible for consideration, projects should:
- Enhance the learning experience,
- Be consistent with AAS goals and philosophy,
- Be practical and feasible, and
- Not be covered by the school’s budget.
All submitted proposals are reviewed by the AAS administration to ensure alignment with school goals. The PTO membership then votes on which proposals to approve, normally via e-voting. We strongly encourage you to take part in the voting process. We value your voice in deciding how PTO funds will be allocated for the benefit of our community.
***The Enhancement Grant Program has been completed for the 2018/19 school year. Watch for announcement of the next Enhancement Grant round in autumn 2019.
Funded in 2018-2019
C-Pen Readers for SEN students
Electric Pottery Wheels
School Mascot Costume
ES Cafeteria Wall Design
Funded in 2017-208
Kindergarten Brick Planters
Baby Grand Piano
Ipad Tote Bags
The Visiting Artists Program brings artists of all genres, including writing, music, and the visual and performing arts, to AAS in order to work with and inspire our students of all ages. The program focuses on interaction with the students rather than simply performing for them, although performances may be a part of an artist's schedule.
To receive reimbursement of funds from the PTO, please download and complete our Reimbursement Form.
You can type in the pdf, print it out and return it, along with original receipts, to the PTO Exchange or the PTO mailbox in the administrative offices.
If you have any questions, please email [email protected].